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Papapetrou line element

  1. Aug 6, 2012 #1
    Hi all,

    Papapetrou line element describes an axial symmetric stationary spacetimes and the coordinates that appear in this metric are just similar to cylindrical coordinates; I mean they are labeled ρ, z and phi. I want to know if they are really the cylindrical coordinate or not; In other words, are their transformation to spherical or cartesian coordinates the same as what we have in the literature?

    So thanks in advance,

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  3. Aug 6, 2012 #2


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    Saeide, The spacetime is curved, so I don't understand what you mean by "really" the cylindrical coordinates. At large distances where the spacetime becomes flat they tend to the usual Euclidean cylindrical coordinates.
  4. Aug 10, 2012 #3
    Yes you're right. I forgot about the flat space limit.
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